Mothlanthe: Pikoli was not offered R10 mln to quit

2008-12-15 00:00

Cape Town — The presidency has denied weekend reports suggesting that President Kglalema Motlanthe offered Vusi Pikoli a financial settlement to resign as national director of public prosecutions.

Weekend newspapers reported that Motlanthe was prepared to offer Pikoli about R10 million to give up his position, but that Pikoli declined to resign.

The Sunday Independent claimed that Pikoli’s response to the findings made against him by the Ginwala Commission caused Motlanthe to change his mind.

The Ginwala Commission, headed by former National Assembly speaker Frene Ginwala, was tasked with investigating Pikoli’s fitness for office after he was suspended by former president Thabo Mbeki in September last year.

The newspaper said sources claimed Motlanthe was at first willling to reinstate Pikoli, providing he would resign immediately and accept a golden handshake of about R10 million.

But Pikoli, encouraged by the widespread public support he received from the National Prosecuting Authority staff and the public, declined the offer.

In a statement yesterday, the Presidency said it has taken note of media reports about the alleged golden handshake offer.

‘’The presidency would like to state that President Motlanthe has made no such offer to advocate Vusi Pikoli,’’ the statement said.

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